Photo: PA Voter ID Law Controversy
The sponsor of Pennsylvania’s voter identification law says only “lazy” people would be disenfranchised this November by requirements to show photo identification at the polls.
Speaking to Pittsburgh radio station KDKA Wednesday (September 19), Daryl Metcalfe, a House Republican, said no “legitimate voter that actually wants to exercise that right and takes on the according responsibility,” would be disenfranchised by the law. But critics argue the law would suppress turnout among thousands of poor, elderly and minority voters — a population less likely to own a photo ID and more likely to vote Democratic.
“As Mitt Romney said, 47 percent of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that,” Metcalfe told a radio host, referring to the GOP presidential candidate’s secretly recorded remarks, which have caused his campaign to backtrack this week.
Pennsylvania Democrats are circulating Metcalf’s interview, trying to make the case that Republican backers of the law, which remains tied up in court, lack sympathy for those who don’t have easy access to required IDs.
On Tuesday, the state Supreme Court sent the case back to the Commonwealth Court, where a judge last month signed off on the law, saying he was “not convinced that any of the individual Petitioners or other witnesses will not have their votes counted in the general election.”
The Supreme Court instructed the lower court to more fully consider whether the law is ready for its test in November.